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Is “Repeal and Replace” Over?

Is “Repeal and Replace” Over?

Remember the 2010 election, when Republicans rose to power claiming they would save Americans from the tyranny of forcing them into “government health care?”  When the Tea Party rallied at Democratic town halls, shouting down sitting Congress people demanding that health care reform be repealed?  And when the GOP said their number one priority after being elected would be to “repeal and replace,” voting to undo all of the administration’s new health care reform laws and instead pass a “common sense” health care plan that would actually save people from “death panels” and drop health care costs.

Yeah, I don’t know where that went, either.  But according to Politico, not only is “repeal and replace” long gone, it’s probably never coming back.  Other than an attempt to defund health care reform in April, there has been absolutely no movement to try and stop “Obamacare” by the new Republican majority, and there has been dead silence on any sort of actual health care plan to put in place instead (unless you count turning Medicare into a voucher system that won’t fully cover costs, of course.)

Allegedly, Republicans are admitting there are some aspects of reform that they actually do like, and don’t want to deal with the unpopularity of ending them: the inability to deny patients with preexisting conditions,  or even the ability to let an adult child stay on his or her parents’ insurance until age 26 if he or she doesn’t have another option for a policy.

But could it be even simpler than that?  Republicans won on running against reform.  If they actually repealed and replaced, they could then be evaluated on their own plan.  However, if no change is made, they can just run against health care reform again in 2012, this time saying “We couldn’t get it done because the Democrats blocked us.  Vote for more Republicans to get our real policy!”

The danger of politics — if an issue makes for a good political football, don’t expect it to get fixed or changed.  Instead, expect it to stay exactly how it is so politicians can continue to run on changing it.

 

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3:54AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Mainstream American medicine is allopathic medicine. The only aim of allopathic medicine is to suppress symptoms. The big drug companies really want to turn Americans into addicts of their high-price patent drugs so they can make big bucks off us for the rest of our lives.

11:50AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

It's because the Repubs are like the Dems. They serve the wealthy and the corporations. Not us. Both parties pitch to different sides but their actions are consistantly pro-corporate/wealthy. You can't trust either.

11:02PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Um, no Robin, it isn't over at all. As for Republicans liking some aspects of reform? That's what the "replace" part is about. Achieving good objectives through better means.

9:04PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

That's exactly how Republicans have used the abortion issue. It's been the law of the land for almost 40 years, but they keep running on it and then ignoring it once they're in office. The GOP voters are like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, but Lucy, their elected leaders, keep pulling it away.

6:52PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Mercedes L. said: You know, right now, moving to Sweden is looking awfully good. So what if I pay 50% of my income in taxes? At least I would have good infrastructure, a retirement that allows me to live like a human being instead of a dog, and reliable, state of the art health care at no additional cost to me. Because right now I am already paying 20% of my income in insurance and health care alone.

I agree, I'll go with you!

6:44PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

You know, right now, moving to Sweden is looking awfully good. So what if I pay 50% of my income in taxes? At least I would have good infrastructure, a retirement that allows me to live like a human being instead of a dog, and reliable, state of the art health care at no additional cost to me. Because right now I am already paying 20% of my income in insurance and health care alone.

5:45PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

There never was a Republican replacement after repeal. The ACA is essentially the same plan Bob Dole put forth as the alternative to the Clinton Plan back in the 90s, INCLUDING the individual mandate.
As soon as the Republicans 'killed' the Clinton Plan they took the Dole Plan off the table leaving us where we were until 2009.
Already, ACA has caused insurance companies to rethink their huge rate hikes. BCBS was contemplating hikes of 40% in CA last year. They retracted that after the Administration put some heat on them.
Rate structuring, which is part of ACA, doesn't take effect until 2012.
@ Fred: I guess the Navy has a different plan. My buddy, retired from the Air Force, is very happy with his Tri-Care coverage.

4:33PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

All Republicans lie, not a single one of them can speak the truth if they were paid to.

4:19PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Traditional healthcare is too costly, rarely addresses root causes of problems, and is an incestuous relationship with drug companies and the FDA. It, like education, is a "sacred cow" that is really just big business. That includes the idiotic doctor who "with good intentions" recommends drugs as "safe" because the rep in his office 15 minutes ago said it was "safe" and left free samples and an invitation to play golf on Saturday.

I know this, because I knew more about this drug than he did. His nurse didn't even do her job, which was to research the drug before simply telling my dh to take it.

Look, we don't know how to handle big trauma or strokes or heart attacks very well on our own, but people have been quietly curing themselves of cancer, arthritis, diabetes and the other big money-makers for years, without FDA approval (and sometimes, with their obstruction to contend with).

If we want to be healthier and have a lower burden on the health care system, we need to pony up and do our part. Forcing everyone to pay premiums for ineffective health care (so far as chronic issues goes) that increases our dependence on expensive drugs - or drugs with expensive side effects (advil killed nearly as many people as AIDs, btw) - and that keeps us on the merry go round of expensive surgery, chemo, radiation, etc. - only means that as the population ages, there WILL BE RATIONING. The ability to decide that is in fine print, should a bureaucrat ever deem it necessa

3:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The Republicans don't know what there for except corporations, the rich and themselves. And their one true goal of making President Obama fail. Sorry group.

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